American Heart Association honors CTMC for stroke care
CTMC has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. CTMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
CTMC earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' recognition from The Joint Commission
For the second consecutive year, CTMC has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. CTMC was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia and surgical care.
CTMC: One of Health Care's Most Wired Hospitals
Hospitals & Health Networks has named the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems, which is based on the Health Care’s Most Wired Survey. Adventist Health System, comprised of 45 hospital campuses including CTMC, is on the list for the second consecutive year. Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwidereto answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. In 2014, respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
CTMC receives Great Gallup Workplace Award
Adventist Health System, which is comprised of 43 hospitals including Central Texas Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Great Gallup Workplace Award. The award is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted. AHS is among the 29 winning companies because its employee engagement results demonstrate one of the most productive and engaged workforces in the world. CTMC also received the Gallup Great Workplace Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
CTMC receives QUEST Award for quality health care
Premiere, Inc., a leading health care improvement company, recognized CTMC as a QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare finalist for delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care. Quest is a performance improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals working to make health care safer, more efficient and consistently effective. CTMC was honored during Premier's annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.
Specifically, CTMC was recognized for obtaining a mortality rate at least 15 percent less than expected, reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge, reliably delivering all evidence-based care measures to patients in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care at least 95 percent of the time, improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time, and reducing preventable harm events.
CTMC achieves Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement recognition
CTMC was again recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® and Mission: Lifeline® programs. CTMC qualified for the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement recognition, meaning the hospital has demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines. CTMC first received this honor in 2012.
Institute for Advanced Wound Healing recognized
Healogics, Inc. presented the CTMC Institute for Advanced Wound Healing with the Center of Distinction award for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 92 percent, a minimum 91 percent wound healing rate within 30 median days to heal and other quality outcomes. There were 511 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, but only 157 achieved the honor.
CTMC voted Best Hospital in Hays County
For four years in a row, Hays County residents made their choice clear where they receive the very best in health care. CTMC was named, “Best Hospital,” for 2010-2013 in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. The competition asks voters to nominate the best business in Hays County for each category on blank ballot. To qualify for the honor, businesses must be located in Hays County. From Kyle to Wimberley to San Marcos, out of all votes cast, CTMC earned the most votes for the “Best Hospital” category.
CTMC Hospice Care named Kyle Chamber Business of the Year
The Kyle Chamber of Commerce recognized CTMC Hospice Care as the 2013 Organization of the Year at its annual gala. The honor recognizes a Kyle Chamber member organization that demonstrates exceptional commitment and involvement in Chamber events and programs throughout the year while exhibiting the highest levels of honesty and integrity in all of its community activities. The Kyle Chamber strives to connect local business owners with tools for success through educational seminars, networking events and sponsorship opportunities. CTMC serves the Kyle community and has a presence in the city at its Live Oak Health Partners Kyle Clinic.
CTMC was recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite in San Marcos. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Recognition program is an award given by the American Heart Association's My Heart. My Life. initiative. It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America. It recognizses worksites for making the health and wellness of their employees a priority.
As a Fit-Friendly Worksite, CTMC joins corporate trailblazers across the nation who have adopted the spirit of the initiative and have the vision to try improving the health and wellness of employees and the worksite.
The Gold Achievement means:
- We offer all employees physical activity support at the worksite.
- We have increased the number of healthy eating options.
- We promote a wellness culture.
- We embrace at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.
CTMC Receives Texas Ten Step Facility Designation
CTMC has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
Hospital Designated as Mother-Friendly Worksite
CTMC has been recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Mother-Friendly Worksite. To receive this designation, a place of business must introduce a written policy to support employed mothers by doing the following:
- Offering flexible work schedules to provide time for expression of milk
- Providing an accessible location allowing privacy
- Providing access to a nearby clean and safe water source and a sink for washing hands and rinsing out any breast-pump equipment
- Providing access to hygienic storage alternatives for the mother to store her breast milk
CTMC Institute for Advanced Wound Healing
achieves UHMS accreditation
After meeting the most robust industry standards, CTMC's Institute for Advanced Wound Healing received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) on Oct. 4, 2012. At the time of accreditation, there were 15 hyperbaric and wound care facilities between Austin and San Antonio, but only six were UHMS accredited.
Leapfrog Group gives CTMC 'A' on Hospital Safety Score
Out of 2,651 facilities that were scored nationwide, Central Texas Medical Center was among 720 hospitals that received an “A” for their Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The score is a new initiative created by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award
CTMC received the Texas health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from the TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas for improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. TMF established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards honor Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care by recognizing those hospitals that have improved their performance on specific national quality measures.
Chest pain center accreditation
CTMC received an important accreditation as a certified chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) that enhances the hospital's ability to receive and treat patients suffering from chest pain and/or a possible heart attack through a collaborative effort between the hospital, first responders and cardiac specialists. The accreditation is an important step in CTMC's ongoing efforts to expand and enhance its cardiac services.
TOSA presents Humanitarian Service Award
In 2011, CTMC was honored by the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) with the “Humanitarian Service Award”. The award is presented to a hospital that makes it possible for donor families to honor their loved ones by giving the “gift of life”. The award commemorates 35 years of community partnerships and professional services in developing a better donation community.
Institute for Advanced Wound Healing named Center of Distinction
Hays County’s only wound care center, CTMC's Institute for Advanced Wound Healing, earned the prestigious Center of Distinction award from Diversified Clinical Services, Inc. The Institute, which specializes in advanced wound therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, exceeded the key performance indicators necessary for this award for twelve consecutive months in 2010.
CTMC becomes San Marcos Chamber's first ever Green Business
of the Year
CTMC was named the first ever “Green Business of the Year” by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s annual Gala in November 2010. In 2009, CTMC expanded its growing green efforts with the creation of a Green Team, an initiative made up entirely of CTMC associates working to bring recycling, energy conservation and other earth-friendly practices to CTMC. In 2013, CTMC enhanced its green efforts by launching its single-stream recycle program.